Appearance Summary: Ciconia nigra, commonly known as the black stork, is a large bird with a wingspan of up to 1.5 meters. It has a black plumage with white patches on its wings and tail. Its long, red bill and legs are also distinctive features. The black stork has a long neck and a large head with a crest of black feathers. Its eyes are yellow and its feet are yellow-orange. It has a loud, trumpeting call and is a solitary bird, usually seen alone or in pairs.
Facial description: Ciconia nigra has a black body with a white head, neck, and upper breast. Its bill is long and pointed, and its legs are long and black. It has a red facial patch around its eyes and a white patch on its forehead. Its wings are black with white patches near the tips. Its tail is black with white tips.
What are the distinct features of African Black Stork? Large size, black plumage, long red legs, long curved bill, loud trumpeting call, migratory, monogamous, nests in colonies, feeds on frogs, fish, insects, and small mammals
What makes them unique?
African Black Stork body color description: Black, White, Grey
skin type: The Ciconia nigra has a glossy black plumage with a white patch on its wings and tail. Its long, curved bill is yellow with a black tip, and its legs and feet are grey.
Strengths: Mobility, Adaptability, Social Interaction, Camouflage, Intelligence, Parental Care
Weaknesses: Low reproductive rate, Limited range, Habitat destruction, Human persecution, Pesticide use, Climate change